Yussuf Poulsen has warned Chelsea that his former RB Leipzig team-mate Timo Werner will need time to settle in England.
The Germany striker, 24, joined the Blues this summer in a deal worth around £48m.
Frank Lampard saw off competition from Premier League champions Liverpool to lure the goalscorer to west London.
And Werner has another month to get himself up to speed ahead of the 2020/21 season beginning.
Chelsea’s 2019/20 campaign only ended on Saturday as they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The Blues did qualify for the competition for next season, though, where they hope Werner will play an important role in progress through to the knockout stages.
Timo Werner will need to adapt quickly to English football come the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season at Chelsea
In England’s top-flight, meanwhile, many recruits from abroad have traditionally needed time to adapt to their new surroundings and the physical aspect of the Premier League.
Danish forward Poulsen, who played alongside Werner in attack for Leipzig, says Chelsea fans may well need to be patient.
“I think Timo will be a great striker in the Premier League over the next few years,” Poulsen said in an interview with the Sport-Informations-Dienst (SID).
“Of course, he has to get to know his team-mates and the league first; you can’t show all your qualities right away. But that will come in time.”
Timo Werner has been training at Chelsea since July
Timo Werner was in prolific goalscoring form at RB Leipzig in the 2019/20 season
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